Dermoid cysts, also known as ovarian teratomas, can grow back after removal. It doesn’t really matter what type of surgery you opt for. These cystic growths can return to haunt you later on. But the question is: what are the chances of the cysts growing in your ovaries?
The risks of dermoid cyst recurrence
While there is a possibility of suffering a second or third round of dermoid cyst attack, studies show that the chances of this happening are very slim. This files this ovarian cyst complication under yes-it-is-possible-but-unlikely.
This case report in BioMed Central states that the risk of recurrence of ovarian teratomas, another name for dermoid ovarian cysts, is 4.2%. This is quite low. And possibly a good reason for women who have successfully gotten rid of their cysts not to worry.
Can birth control pills help to lower the chances of dermoid cysts coming back?
No they can’t.
Birth control pills usually come in handy in the management of ovarian cysts because they can stop ovulation. Since some cysts usually form in the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it is believed that stopping ovulation can be a good way of preventing ovarian cysts from developing in the female reproductive system.
However, various studies show that while most doctors advocate for birth control pills as a way to manage the growth and symptoms of ovarian cysts, these pills rarely have an effect on the rate of growth of cysts on ovaries. They are also not effective in shrinking ovarian cysts.
Birth control pills have no chance of success against dermoid ovarian cysts
Leading medical publications point out that birth control pills can be effective in preventing the growth of new ovarian cysts. Well, not really prevent, but more of reduce the risks of new ovarian cysts developing.
And while this may be true, it doesn’t really help when it comes to preventing new dermoid ovarian cysts from developing in a woman’s ovaries.
Why? Because birth control pills may only work on ovarian cysts that develop in the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Those that come about when something goes wrong during ovulation or immediately after. These cysts are called functional cysts – they are so called because their development is dependent on the functioning of the female reproductive system.
Dermoid cysts don’t grow because of menstruation, ovulation or any of the activities that go on in the female reproductive system. They develop when a germ cell gets trapped in the ovaries. This is something that has nothing to do with the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle.
What this means is that birth control pills don’t really have a chance when it comes to preventing the formation of dermoid ovarian cysts.
Preventing dermoid ovarian cyst return – what may work
We are what we eat. And we are how we live.
Lifestyle choices and eating habits play a large role in determining how well our bodies function. Better lifestyle choices and healthy diets can therefore help to reduce the risks of dermoid ovarian cyst formation.
Doctors don’t really know what causes dermoid ovarian cysts to form – what causes that germ cell to develop in the ovaries in the first place. They therefore cannot prescribe a pill or any medication that works with certainty.
Surgery is effective when it comes to removing dermoid ovarian cysts – don’t let me get started on why surgical removal of ovarian cysts is a bad idea. Surgical removal of dermoid ovarian cysts doesn’t however reduce the risks of another cyst forming. Why? Because it doesn’t deal with the root cause of the problem.
When it comes to reducing the risks of demoid cysts returning, your best chance seems to lie with working with your body. It lies with giving your body the best tools to fight against the development of abnormal growths in the ovaries. Relying on natural methods of preventing ovarian cysts seems to be the only winning bet. And it is the only one worth making.